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National Service personnel  Scheme (NSS) employees have declared a nationwide strike because the government has failed to pay their allowances for the past five months.

The Concerned National Service Scheme (NSS) Personnel Association of Ghana declared a strike on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

In their statement, the dissatisfied employees stated that they are owed five months’ allowances, while university graduates are owed three months.

They stated that, according to NSS regulations, personnel who fail to report to their posts for three consecutive months face sanctions.
Despite these conditions, they have worked for an extended period of time without pay.


The association is urging public and private stakeholders, including media outlets, to rally behind their cause and advocate for prompt payment of their allowances.

Earlier, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia declared that national service would no longer be required during his tenure.

The decision is a departure from Ghana’s longstanding practice of requiring graduates to serve a year of national service after completing their tertiary education.

This move aims to give graduates more flexibility and freedom to choose their post-secondary education path.

However, Vincent Kuagbenu, a former Director of the Scheme (NSS), expressed concerns about Bawumia’s proposal to make the Service voluntary if elected President.

According to Kuagbenu, Dr Bawumia’s proposal demonstrates a misunderstanding of the importance of National Service to both individuals and the country.

He emphasized that National Service personnel are not paid by the state but instead receive stipends, resulting in significant savings for the country.

 


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